Ryosuke Yoshihara

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Methotrexate (MTX) is the first-choice drug for rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, the pharmacodynamics of MTX in Japanese patients with RA treated legitimately according to the government recommended dosage, 6 mg per week, are unknown. Methotrexate and its metabolite, 7-hydroxy MTX (7-OH MTX), were measured in sera of 16 outpatients with active RA in the(More)
BACKGROUND The study was undertaken to assess the efficacy of methotrexate (MTX) monotherapy on the radiographic progression of individual rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, each of whom had received MTX monotherapy for 3 years with an option to change to biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs). We also looked for predictors of(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the contribution of anticitrullinated protein antibody (ACPA), and especially of its titer, to radiographic progression and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Patients with RA (n = 396) who attended a Japanese clinic within 2 years after disease onset were divided into the following groups according to(More)
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by sicca symptoms, including dry eyes and dry mouth. Cevimeline is used for the treatment of dry mouth in patients with SS. Here we prospectively tested the clinical effectiveness of cevimeline at increasing saliva secretion in patients with SS, and the results were compared with the(More)
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